Rwandan Genocide

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Ultra-nationalism, discrimination, and hatred is what started this so called “ethnic cleansing”. “Ethnic cleansing”-it sounds very harmless and intriguing doesn’t it? Maybe we should no longer try to conceal this horrid event that happened in Rwanda, and call it what it really was. A genocide. A massacre. Now you get the picture. From the photographs above, we can clearly see that this lesson in history is one to be learned and not be forgotten. Throughout this essay we will examine the “five W’s” of the event, as well as what we can take away from this fatality.

For any of you who are not familiar with this event, it was a mass slaughter from April to July of 1994(about a one hundred day period). During this time, between 800,000 and 1 million people were slaughtered because of discriminating ethnic reasons.

Rwanda is the smallest country in Africa, yet has the largest population. According to the 1991 national census, the total population of Rwanda was 7.7 million, with 90 percent the Hutu, 9 percent Tutsis, and 1 percent Twa ethnic group.

‘How did this all start?”, You may ask. Let us start by examining the history of Rwanda first. The Hutus ethnic group have always been the majority, and the Tutsis the minority. The Hutus were the farmers and the Tutsis ran the cattle. They were both equals. When European colonization started to occur in Africa, however, the Belgium’s related more with the Tutsis people, and took them under their wing; educating and bringing them up as superiors. The Belgium’s also created a class...
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